I only got one movie date over the holidays, and it was down to these two. I’ll see both sooner or later, so I deferred to my cowboy to choose our date movie last night, and you can guess which one we saw.
And we enjoyed it. I knew I wanted to see “Django Unchained,” but I’m never sure I’m going to enjoy watching a Tarantino film. They’re always interesting, but some of them, well, you’re just not sure you want to go there. We’d seen trailers for both movies and I’d seen a couple of interviews. Clyde is always up for a Western, rarely up for a stage-to-screen musical. But the trailers were all he needed to proclaim Les Miz a “downer.”
Now we knew buckets of blood were going to flow in “Django.” The body count is…well, I lost count. The language is pretty raw, and the liberal use of the N word has caused considerable controversy. But it’s an excellent movie. First and (for me) foremost, it’s well-written. It’s over the top, but it’s truthful. Not realistic, but truthful. There are plenty of laugh-out-loud scenes, lots of references for the spaghetti Western fan to dig on, terrific cameos, gems that add up to real entertainment. And then there are the nuances and scenes and references that hit hard, no emotion left untapped. It looks like a Western, but the setting is antebellum South and Southwest, it speaks to the present. The score is a mix of familiar movie themes, some classical music, a little Jim Croce, a little rap, and it all fits. And the cast—Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio are excellent but only the beginning—makes it a must-see movie. And to top it all off, it’s a Romance! The classic Quest.
So I’m curious…assuming at least one or two good actors and the promise of a real story, how do you choose a movie, and what are your limitations? Does the rumor of prodigious blood-letting keep you away from a movie? How about a story heavy with human misery? How about explicit sex, full frontal and all?
While you consider your comment, here’s my progress report on forcing paperwhites. Remember, I’m trying a recipe I found online that’s supposed to keep them from flopping over. After they sprout it’s 10 parts water to 1 part rubbing alcohol. I’ve been at it for maybe 4 weeks.
I just took the third one last night. There are a couple of unopened blooms. So far no flops. Stay tuned.
Now talk to me.
Wait! This just in! My RITA winning novel, THIS TIME FOREVER, just came out for the first time in e-book and trade paperback. Available at Barnes & Noble, too, but Nook isn’t up yet.
Quick setup: Rodeo cowboy Cleve Black Horse goes to prison for a murder he didn’t commit. Susan Ellison serves on the jury that
convicts him. Now she wants to adopt his child.